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Monday, January 11, 2021

Parler, a social network used to plan the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week, has been hit by a massive data scrape. Security researchers collected swaths of user data before the network went dark Monday morning after Amazon, Google, and Apple booted the platform.

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Regardless of how one feels about Parler, this is criminal.

#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-01-11 10:55 AM | Reply | Funny: 9

Hahaha good. Some rabid righties are about to get an education on how with rights come responsibilities.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2021-01-11 10:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

What goes around comes around.

#3 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-01-11 10:59 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Regardless of how one feels about Parler, this is criminal.

#1 | POSTED BY SENTINEL AT 2021-01-11 10:55 AM | FLAG:

This was a scrape, not a hack.

Data scraping is legal.

#4 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-01-11 11:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Data Scraping.

It's a practice commonly used to analyze ecommerce catalogs, track pricing, find holes in product lines, etc.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-01-11 11:07 AM | Reply

Womp womp!

#6 | Posted by a_monson at 2021-01-11 11:08 AM | Reply

Regardless of how one feels about Parler, this is criminal.

#1 | POSTED BY SENTINEL AT 2

Apparently not criminal.

I think protecting the country from another Trump attack is worthwhile. These people chose the said they are on, over and over again. They were so eager t dish it out and now they mewl when they have to take it.

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2021-01-11 11:10 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

"These people chose the side they are on, over and over again".

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2021-01-11 11:11 AM | Reply

Hey, Sentenull, maybe they are all really "Antifa"!

You know, just trying to make Rightwing Domestic Terrorist Insurrectionists look bad.

Feckin Libs. right?

#9 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2021-01-11 11:11 AM | Reply

FTA:

"This information allowed hackers to deduct that it was possible to create users and verified accounts without actual verification.

"With this type of access, newly minted users were able to get behind the login box API used for content delivery. That allowed them to see which users had moderator rights and this in turn allowed them to reset passwords of existing users with simple "forgot password" function. Since Twilio no longer authenticated emails, hackers were able to access admin accounts with ease."

#10 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-01-11 11:49 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

It takes a thief to catch a terrorist.

#11 | Posted by bored at 2021-01-11 01:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I'm thinking a lot of people are going to get visits from the FBI and Secret Service.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Womp womp.

#12 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-01-11 03:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Regardless of how one feels about Parler, this is criminal.
#1 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

I don't think so.
I think the Parler TOS are okay with it.

So, I have a hunch that only if you're a Deplorable, do you think this is "criminal."

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-01-11 05:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

You're a POS, Snoofy.

#14 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-01-11 06:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Am I though? I never had a Parler account. Not even to "see what all the fuss is about."

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-01-11 06:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Yes, you are. You are proof that one does not need to have a Parler account to be a deplorable POS.

#16 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-01-11 06:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

#14 | Posted by sentinel

Uh-oh...you done pissed 'im off...

LOL!

#17 | Posted by Angrydad at 2021-01-11 07:05 PM | Reply

It takes a thief to catch a terrorist.
#11 | POSTED BY BORED AT 2021-01-11 01:25 PM

Wow, very inspired and largely accurate.

Isn't that the entire premise of metadata? To spy?

I wonder what is required to expel corporate legislators?

Toe-tapping and hooker piddling is taking so long..

#18 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2021-01-11 07:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Ruh roh

Parler claimed to be more secure than the 'evil big tech companies.'

The data might prove valuable to law enforcement since many who participated in the riots deleted their posts and videos afterward. The data scrape includes deleted posts, meaning that Parler stored user data after users deleted it.
The FBI are probably already having a field day.

Loads of users uploaded driver's license pics to verify their real identities. Location data from Wednesday will match users with location data, pinpointing the location of anyone who participated in Wednesday's attack, anyone planning attacks and other seditious acts, chat about harming officials, etc etc.

This could be how the FBI learned about the planned attacks at 50 state capitols.

#19 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-01-11 10:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You'd think that with all the money the Mercer family shelled out to fund Parler, they'd have hired top notch cybersecurity personnel who'd have known enough to shut the door when Twilio dumped Parler.

#20 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-01-11 10:14 PM | Reply

I'll be interested to learn how many names on Parler are also members of the U.S. Senate.

Cruz? . . . Hawley?

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-01-11 11:02 PM | Reply

Do you mean Parler was collecting my information

But the app I volunteered to downloaded for free promised freeeeedumbz!

It's not like anyone could have saw this coming, you know, because avoiding surveillance by George "China" Soros is a full time job

- - mavboazbomber

#22 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2021-01-11 11:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

"You'd think that with all the money the Mercer family shelled out to fund Parler, they'd have hired top notch cybersecurity personnel who'd have known enough to shut the door when Twilio dumped Parler."

#20 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

Rebekah Mercer shelled out a lot of money to fund Donald Trump, too. Then she sent Steve Bannon over to do surveillance.

What does that tell you?

Fox/henhouse?

#23 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-01-12 08:49 AM | Reply

Apparently, the hacker wasn't really a hacker. It was just Hans, who recited the entire 70TB from memory.

#24 | Posted by horstngraben at 2021-01-12 09:10 AM | Reply | Funny: 6

Regardless of how one feels about Parler, this is criminal.

#1 | Posted by sentinel

No it actually isn't criminal as far as I can tell but it probably violated the user agreement. Parler appears to have been ineptly run without regard for security from what I have read. All they did was scrape - definition at link Parler for what was publicly available to users of Parler. They were able to scarpe the whole site because of inept security practices. They took everything of everyone without regard to their posts so it was not targeted. So if you were a reporter on the site for your job, your information was grabbed just like the white supremacist's was. Frankly when it came to the security bit of it, this sounds typical of too many organizations who are run poorly.

If I was on Parler I would be PO'd yes. Bottom line though is you should EXPECT THIS on the internet today. If you weren't there plotting insurrection, threatening people or in general being a knuckle dragger probably no real harm done but this was NOT a hack. I have to laugh at people actually validating their Identity on this site with IDs. If you didn't have a reason to validate, like say you are President Trump or someone else of note, why would you? Then to have such lax security everything is accessible to everyone on the internet? LMAO

#25 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-01-12 02:00 PM | Reply

#20 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY

These people only can only manage to hire sycophants. Just like when Cambridge Analytica was exposed from the insider who figured out what they were up to. Don't get me wrong plenty of talented conservative coders out there but the rot starts at the top. I am sure they were given choices and chose speed and cost over security which is typical until you get in a pickle... And even then the concern for security at many places only lasts as long as the spotlight is on.

#26 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-01-12 02:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#12 | Posted by Nixon

The internet never forgets...

#27 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-01-12 02:10 PM | Reply

If you submit a copy of your driver's license AND your SSAN to people you don't know, you're a new and unprecedented level of stupid.

#28 | Posted by john47 at 2021-01-13 10:15 AM | Reply

#25 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE

Good points, especially with regard to the public-facing data aspect of the website.
Once the information is publicly accessible, the description turns from "data breach," to "web scraping." One is illegal, and the other is normal web cataloging (ex: how threads on Retort are archived and cached on other websites, because it is public facing).

#29 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-01-13 10:37 AM | Reply

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